Printer FriendlyTopic: Gratitude
Author: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Luke 7:47; Ephesians 5:20
Source: Illustration Exchange
While eating and working at a local fast food restaurant, I excused myself to use the restroom. Upon entering the stall, I found a Xerox copy of a hand written note neatly displayed, resting in the leaves of a fake plant. Some of the words were traced with black marker for emphasis. It read exactly as printed below:
I, Susan, Drug Testimony
I was rich, beautiful, sun tanned and a jet-setter for 10 years. But I was A DRUG ADDICT (10 YEARS!) 14-24. My drug of choice was pharamecutical [sic] cocaine. I snorted 1-3 grams/day, took mescaline, peyote, Phenobarbital, seconals [sic], tuinals [sic], dalmane, sopeer 714s (methaqualone), methamphedamine [sic], 50 hits of L.S.D, plus I drank a six pack (or 2) of Heinekins daily. I was a garbage pail drug addict. Give me 50 pills I swallowed them without asking. I was high for 10 years of my life. I never came down, NOT ONCE!!!
I decided to have a baby. (Someone to love me) but I couldn’t quit. I went to N.A. (narcotics ananyous [sic] AA (Alcoholics Anamyous [sic], psychiatrists. (That was smart, he put me on valium, and I became addicted to that).
I had a drug baby born critically ill with Diabetes, Malabsorption syndrome +2 congenital heart defects. I was SO SAD, I WANTED HER TO LIVE MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THE WHOLE WORLD.
I LOOKED UP ONE DAY AND SAID “IF THERE BE A God, remove this from me. HE DID!!! I Never Took A Drug Again (30+ years). He healed my body. He healed my baby.
Written inside a small heart at the bottom of the page were the words “Just Jesus.”
I borrowed the note, bringing it back to my table, just long enough to type it up on my laptop. Then I returned it to its place of display in the restroom. As I left the restaurant, I noticed she had placed one on the windshield of every car in the parking lot as well.
Two things impressed me about this public testimony:
First, she didn’t ruin the testimony by defacing the bathroom by writing on the wall or stall door.
Second, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, it’s been 30 years (30 years!) and she is still taking opportunity to broadcast far and wide her gratitude for Jesus and all He’s done for her. Time had not cooled her zeal, her love, her gratitude. I wondered how many other restrooms and windshields had been used as a platform to share her message of redemption over the years.
Thirty years later, Susan wants everyone to know there is hope, and that that hope is in Jesus. I guess there is no expiration date on hope and no expiration date on gratitude.
“I tell you, her sins–and they are many–have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love” (Luke 7:47, NLT).
“…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).
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